Soweto gets a new park

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Zola Eco Park, Soweto

On Wednesday 5 December 2012, Johannesburg City Parks unveiled its newest masterpiece in Soweto - the music themed Zola Eco-Park and pedestrian walkway - just in time for the summer school holidays.

The new R11.4m music-themed park situated on the corner of Maphumulo and Bendile Streets features playgrounds in the shape of saxophones, drums and guitars and fencing depicting music notes, celebrating the rich origins of ‘kwaito music’ in Zola.

The Eco-Park boasts landscaped lawns with an amphitheatre and open-air stage; picnic and braai facilities; ablution facilities; a mini-soccerfield; a multipurpose court; 2 playgrounds; parking facilities and a community-based, fenced in food garden. This vibrant recreation node in the heart of Zola also includes a pedestrian walkway that will connect adjacent communities across the biodiversity-rich, marshy wetlands in the area. 

Councillor Chris Vondo, the member of the mayoral committee for community development in the City of Joburg and local ward councillors Siphiwe Zulu and Nomsa Hlomendlini presided at the launch event, together with local artists, children and representatives from the community. Vondo reinforced that, “the design elements of the park embrace the rich heritage of the area, is functional and aims to encourage families to adopt healthy lifestyles as part of the Joburg 2040 vision.”

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